In 2018, CBD oil became legal in most parts of the world, provided it contains low levels of THC (a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis plants that has a narcotic effect). However, answering the question of whether CBD is legal is not easy. You see, it all depends on its origin and whether the source of CBD is hemp with low THC or other cannabis strains with high THC.
If CBD oil is made from industrial hemp, most countries consider it legal. If it is sourced from other cannabis varieties with higher THC levels (above 0.3%), then some countries consider it illegal. Basically, it all depends on how much THC the product contains, as THC is illegal due to its psychoactive properties. And this is where the confusion begins.
When the word cannabis is used, people immediately think of it as an illegal substance. At the time, the hemp plant contains a lot of CBD and it is not psychoactive and only has traces of THC (0.3%). CBD is in essence a completely different compound from THC. To understand this, let’s look at what CBD is and how it differs fundamentally from high-THC cannabis and hemp.
CANNABIS CBD VS CANNABIS CBD
Hemp belongs to the cannabis family. As such, there are many common characteristics that link it to other cannabis strains. However, what is the main difference? It all depends on the amount of THC that makes you feel drugged.
Is hemp oil legal?
CBD hemp oil contains no more than 0.3% THC, so it may not work for you. Hemp is not considered a controlled substance and can be used in natural cosmetics, clothing, and even cooking.
Cannabis CBD Oil
Some manufacturers prepare CBD oil from cannabis plant varieties with high THC levels, and this is where THC can go up to 30%, and this is where the issue of legality comes into play. When CBD oil is produced with high levels of THC, it becomes more difficult to determine if it is legal, especially in areas where cannabis is banned. THC certainly has a narcotic intoxicating effect. And since THC is considered a controlled substance, it is illegal in most countries.